High Hurstwood Deer Rescue

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A deer is running free this afternoon thanks to volunteer rescuers Daryl Farmer from Forest Row, Chris Riddington from Eastbourne, Trevor Weeks and Kathy Martyn both from Uckfield.

East Sussex WRAS were called out after a local resident found a deer with its antlers entangled in electric rope fence at a gateway to a field. The deer was twisting and turning trying to get free and rescuers were worried it would cause itself serious injuries or even break its  neck on the fence.

The location was awkward to work at making the rescuers job very risky and dangerous.  It took three attempts to secure the deer.

Once down rescuers started cutting the rope free from the antlers. "This process has to take less than 30 minutes or the deer runs the risk of having a heart attack" said Trevor Weeks.

With Trevor holding the rear legs and Chris pinning the deer's shoulders to the floor, Daryl started cutting away the rope using WRAS entanglement kit.

After a check over the deer was eventually suitable for release and in a controlled release the deer was allowed to jump up and sprint off across the field to safety.


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